Suffering holes altruistically

This evening saw my first really easily successful platelets donation in quite awhile, from arriving on time (no big traffic jams on the way home from work!) to accidentally passing the (stricter) male finger-prick iron test (my donor carer put the first drop in the wrong tube, so we had to repeat it in the right one) to the needle going straight into the vein with no fiddling about (both the nurse – one of only two there who will still attempt my vein – and I were happily surprised) to the donation going straight through with no pulling. The way, in fact, it goes for the vast majority of people every time.

There are lots of YouTube videos about platelets donation, but this one, while American-focussed, explains what the different blood components are and why they are wanted separately.

While I was there I pretty much finished my next book (I got right to the end on the way home afterwards).

32. Kaleidoscope by E. Toker

It’s not too badly written, although it suffers from a common malady of novels serialised in the Jewish weeklies: trying to tell at least two completely separate stories side by side, even though the original readership is having to take months over reading it. I really don’t get why so many of them have to do this. Surely this fashion should have had its day by now. Yes the tales will be brought together at the end, but in the meantime the poor readers have to try to remember multiple stories over months, for no excellent reason that I can see.

I could pick plot and research holes, but apart from a repeated reliance on unlikely coincidences of time and place they aren’t too bad. (Unlikely as much because for consistency some of them should have happened far far earlier as not at all.)


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